If your frame of reference for women in rock and roll only stretches as far back as, say, mid-1980s Madonna, you’re about to get a chance to experience a highly entertaining history lesson.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland announced today that it will open an exhibit highlighting the role women have played in rock and roll, from its roots to today.
“Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” will open May 13 and run through Feb. 26, 2012. It “will highlight the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated — and sometimes lesser-known women — who moved rock and roll music and the American culture forward,” according to the Rock Hall. The exhibition is sponsored by PNC Financial Services and Time Warner Cable.
It’s a highly interactive exhibition that will spotlight more than 60 artists and fill two floors of the museum. The exhibit will feature artifacts, video and listening stations, as well as a recording booth where visitors can film a short story related to women in rock. Madonna will be a major subject, of course, (“Causing a Commotion: Madonna and the Pop Explosion”) but so will artists as diverse as Blondie, the Supremes, Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, Ma Rainey, Tina Turner, Grace Slick and many more.
Information about the exhibit is available here.